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Psychologist - Federal Salaries of 2016

Pay Rates for "Psychologist"

How much does a Psychologist in the federal government get paid? $91,928.12* *Based on the 2016 average.

Psychologist was the 40th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2016, with 7,822 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2016, the Veterans Health Administration hired the most employees titled Psychology, with an average salary of $87,788.

Government Psychology jobs are classified under the General Schedule (GS) payscale. The minimum paygrade for a Psychology job is GS-6, and the highest paygrade that can be attained within this job series is GS-15. Remember that the starting and maximum yearly pay listed above reflect base pay only - your actual salary will be higher based on the Locality Pay Adjustment for the area in which you work.

Job Description

This occupation includes positions involving professional work relating to the behavior, capacities, traits, interests and activities of human and animal organisms. This work may involve any one or a combination of the following functions: (1) experimenting with or systematically observing organisms to develop scientific principles or laws concerning the relationship of behavior to factors of environment, experience or physiology, or to develop practical applications of findings, (2) applying professional knowledges of psychological principles, theories, methods or data to practical situations and problems, and (3) providing consultative services or training in psychological principles, theories, methods, and techniques to advance knowledge of them and their appropriate use.

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions fall under this job category. Due to the growing focus of them STEM fields, individuals in this job category tend to advance more quickly than employees in the other job categories. Jobs in this category are being added quickly and many organizations have trouble finding qualified individuals. Individuals in this job category typically recieve pormotions of 2 grade increases at a time until they reach GS-12.

Agencies that have hired a Psychologist

Agency Employees Hired Average Salary
Veterans Health Administration 6,469 $87,787.79
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 552 $96,620.94
National Institutes of Health 133 $111,790.39
Federal Aviation Administration 55 $125,933.87
Indian Health Service 52 $101,404.19
Office of Personnel Management 50 $112,598.10
Food and Drug Administration 48 $124,437.40
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 46 $89,722.98
Office of Secretary of Transportation 24 $108,415.79
Ames Research Center 21 $152,761.71
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 18 $98,328.67
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 17 $122,492.82
Veterans Benefits Administration 16 $105,422.69
Indian Affairs 14 $67,274.64
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 13 $111,586.23
Transportation Security Administration 12 $95,875.33
National Science Foundation 11 $132,090.36
Consumer Product Safety Commission 10 $115,275.90
Federal Bureau of Investigation 8 $133,744.00
Forest Service 8 $55,415.14
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 8 $128,836.00
Peace Corps 6 $101,056.67
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 6 $52,175.00
U.S. Secret Service 5 $126,408.20
Drug Enforcement Administration 5 $131,209.40
Bureau of Labor Statistics 4 $117,188.25
Export-Import Bank of the United States 4 $78,826.00
Environmental Protection Agency 4 $111,653.50
Internal Revenue Service 4 $118,682.25
Merit Systems Protection Board 4 $126,107.00
Bureau of the Census 4 $118,555.75
Federal Railroad Administration 4 $122,179.25
U.S. Marshals Service 3 $121,417.67
Office of the Director 3 $104,077.33
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection 3 $0.00
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 3 $141,867.33
Securities and Exchange Commission 2 $209,521.50
National Transportation Safety Board 2 $132,993.00
Federal Highway Administration 2 $115,373.00
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 2 $141,667.50
Department of Veterans Affairs 2 $136,229.50
Assistant Secretary for Human Resources Management 2 $111,430.00
Agricultural Research Service 2 $107,064.50
Patent and Trademark Office 2 $122,679.50
U.S. Coast Guard 2 $124,424.00
Ous for Science and Technology 2 $147,537.50
International Trade Administration 1 $107,325.00
National Institute of Standards and Technology 1 $140,023.00
Department of Energy 1 $115,527.00
Office of Governmentwide Policy 1 $158,700.00
Corporation for National and Community Service 1 $65,132.00
Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement 1 $134,662.00
Government Printing Office 1 $132,368.00
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 1 $97,990.00
Langley Research Center 1 $102,943.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 1 $96,072.00
National Archives and Records Administration 1 $108,497.00
Farm Service Agency 1 $111,402.00
Agency for International Development 1 $107,325.00

Psychologist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Psychologist is $91,928.12. The highest paid Psychologist made $253,650 in 2016.

Common Psychologist Payscales

Payscale Number of Psychology Employees
GS - General Schedule 6,275
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 1,290
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 82
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 55
RG - Code For Use By Hhs Only. 29
RF - Code Is For Use By Hhs Only. 23
CY - Contract Education--school Year 12
SV - Trans Security Admin Emp Other Than Exec 9
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 9
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 7
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 5
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 4
SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez 3
CN - Bur Of (cfpb) An Indep Ag Within Frs 3
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 2
SR - Statutory Rates Not Elsewhere Specified 2
ES - Senior Executive Service 2
CE - Contract Education--year Long 1
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 1
PG - Printing Office Grades 1
SN - Senior Level System 1
RS - Senior Biomedical Research Service 1
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109 1
SL - Senior Level Positions 1
CG - Corporate Graded 1
ZA - Administrative 1
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation 1

Starting Paygrade: $32,264.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $136,659.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-15, Step 10
Category: Professional and Scientific

Other Jobs at the GS-6 Paygrade

GS-6 is the starting paygrade for Psychology jobs. Here are some other Federal Government jobs that can be held by employees at the GS-6 paygrade.

Occupation Occupation Category Starting Paygrade Maximum Paygrade
General Education and TrainingProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
Range TechnicianTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
Social WorkProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
Health PhysicsProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
Electronics EngineeringProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15

Average Psychology Pay Trend from 2004 to 2016

In 2004, the average pay for a Psychologist was $76,433. Since then, the average pay has increased to $91,928 in 2016.

Data Sources

The information provided on these pages is sourced from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Enterprise Human Resources Integration (EHRI) dataset. Postal Service data is managed exclusively by the USPS . All information is displayed unmodified and as provided by the source agency.

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The series code of this occupation is 0180.

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